Sherman Wood ’84 enters his 21st season at the helm of the Salisbury University football team in 2019. Wood has coached football since 1984 and led the Salisbury football team since 1999.
Honors/Accomplishments as Head Coach
- Program’s all-time winningest coach – 145 wins
- 16 Postseason Appearances
- 15 consecutive postseason appearances (2004-present)
- Seven NCAA Championship Tournament Appearances (2002, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015)
- 10 ECAC Bowl Game Appearances
- Six ECAC Bowl Championships (2005, 2006, 2008, 2013, 2014, 2016)
- Five Conference Championships
- One New Jersey Athletic Conference Championship (2015)
- Two Empire 8 Championships (2011, 2012)
- Two Atlantic Central Football Conference Championships (2004, 2005)
- Four Conference Coach of the Year Awards (2004, 2011, 2012, 2015)
- 2011 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Region Coach of the Year
- 14 D3football.com All-Americans
- Eight AFCA All-Americans
- 29 D3football.com All-Region Players
- 14 Conference Players of the Year
- Four Conference Rookies of the Year
- 249 All-Conference Selections
- 45 All-NJAC (2015-present)
- 46 All-Empire 8 (2011-14)
- 158 All-ACFC (1998-2010)
- 320 Academic All-Conference Honorees since 2006
- Alex Potocko became Salisbury’s first back-to-back CoSIDA First Team Academic All-American (2016-17)
- 10 CoSIDA Academic All-District recipients
Notable Games as Head Coach
- Oct. 16, 2010 – Wood earns 100th career win with a 45-21 victory over Huntingdon
- Nov. 26, 2011 – A 49-47 triple-OT victory over Kean to advance to the NCAA quarterfinals for the first time in 25 years
- Nov. 16, 2013 – 70-14 win over Frostburg St., most points scored in the Regents Cup
- Sept. 26, 2015 – 91-7 win over Southern Va., most points scored and largest margin of victory in program history
- Nov. 14, 2015 – 28-27 comeback win over Frostburg St. to continue the longest consecutive win streak (12) in Regents Cup history and win the program’s first NJAC Championship
- Nov. 20, 2016 – Winning an ECAC Championship for the third time in four years with a 52-20 win over Carnegie Mellon in historic Franklin Field in Philadelphia
Wood was a standout defensive back for the Sea Gulls from 1980-83. He finished his career with seven career interceptions, including two returned for touchdowns. He was a starter and team captain on the 1983 team that earned Salisbury’s first-ever NCAA tournament berth and advanced to the national semifinals. Wood earned all-state defensive back honors by The Baltimore Sun and recognition as a Street & Smith All-American during his career.
Coaching Career prior to Salisbury
Wood began his coaching career as a volunteer assistant under legendary head coach Mike McGlinchey in 1984 and became a graduate assistant coach for the Sea Gulls in 1985. Wood moved on to Division II Bowie State as a graduate assistant coach in 1986, coaching the defensive backs and special teams. He remained on the staff for Bowie State until 1992, where he served as the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator from 1989-1992.
Wood became the assistant head coach for a year at Virginia Union University in 1992. A year later, Wood was named the head coach at Bowie State. In six seasons at Bowie State, he turned around a program that went 1-10 in 1992 to a 6-3 record in 1998, which was the best season in over 10 years.
Originally from Norfolk, Va., Wood is a member of the American Football Coaches Association and served on its All-America Selection Committee, Rules Committees, Summer Manual Committee, Top 25 Committee, and the Minority Issues Committee. In 2006, Wood was honored with the Friend of Education Award presented at the Wicomico County Teacher of the Year Banquet. Coach Wood has been a recipient of the Fritz Pollard Award in 2011, 12, and 13.
Wood is a speaker at numerous sports clinics and has involved himself with a variety of local organizations. Wood currently is involved with Sunrise Rotary and has served on these community service committees: the Wicomico Youth Mentor Program, Horizons Program of the Salisbury School, Kids of Honor, the Salisbury Promise Program, SU Football Youth Mentor Program, Operation Teddy Bear and Salvation Army Youth Leadership Training.
He earned his undergraduate degree from Salisbury in 1984. In 1989, Wood received his Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Bowie State in 1989.
Wood and his wife Tonya have one daughter, Sherece.
Coach Wood's Record at SU
7 NCAA Tournament appearances
|2002||9-2||2-1 (ACFC)||NCAA Tournament appearance|
|2004||10-1||5-0 (ACFC)||NCAA Tournament appearance, ACFC Champions|
|2005||8-3||4-1 (ACFC)||ECAC Southeast Bowl Champions, ACFC Champions|
|2006||6-5||2-2 (ACFC)||ECAC South Atlantic Bowl Champions|
|2007||9-2||3-1 (ACFC)||NCAA Tournament appearance|
|2008||9-2||2-1 (ACFC)||ECAC Southwest Bowl Champions|
|2009||5-6||2-1 (ACFC)||ECAC Southwest Bowl appearance|
|2010||7-3||2-1 (ACFC)||NCAA Tournament appearance|
|2011||11-2||7-0 (E8)||NCAA Quarterfinal appearance|
|2012||9-3||6-1 (E8)||NCAA Tournament Second Round appearance|
|2013||7-4||5-2 (E8)||ECAC South Atlantic Bowl Champions|
|2014||7-4||5-3 (E8)||ECAC South Atlantic Bowl Champions|
|2015||7-3||7-1 (NJAC)||NCAA Tournament First Round appearance|
|2016||8-3||6-3 (NJAC)||ECAC South Atlantic Bowl Champions|
|2017||7-4||7-2 (NJAC)||ECAC Scotty Whitelaw Bowl appearance|
|2018||8-3||7-2 (NJAC)||ECAC Asa A. Bushnell Bowl appearance|